It’s Getting Hot Out There!
Summer temperatures can quickly rise and become especially dangerous for dogs. Dogs can’t cool down
as easily as humans and don’t have as much protection from the sun and its harmful effects.
Temperatures can quickly rise and become dangerous particularly in cars and asphalt. If the
temperature is 70 degrees outside, the inside of the car can reach 90 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Check to see if asphalt or other areas you walk your dog are too hot by placing the back of your hand on
the ground. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog. Walking your dog in the cooler times
of the day will also help! There are a wide variety of doggie booties and shoes you can get your dog to
protect their paws.
Help your dog stay cool by making sure they have enough fresh water and avoid long sun exposure.
There are also many great and safe sunscreens for dogs on the market to help with even more
protection against the harmful UV rays!
Did you know that dogs who have thick coats that those coats actually help cool them down? It’s a
natural built in insulation that helps protect them from getting overheated. So, don’t shave off your
dog’s thick fur – let them cool down naturally!
How do you know if your dog is getting too hot and could be possibly suffering from a heatstroke? Check
out for these signs and symptoms:
- Abnormal panting
- Dry or abnormally red gums
- Thick drool
If they’re experiencing signs of a heat stroke, put them in a cool area (but not overly cold which could
cause shock), get them fresh cool water, and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible!
The summer months can be fun for you and your dog, but they can also be dangerous! Help your dog
have a fun and enjoyable summer by keeping them cool and by protecting them from the sun’s harmful